Microsoft has issued detailed guidance for enterprises considering migration to Windows Vista and Windows 7. Essentially, the company is seeking to dispel confusion customers might have about when to migrate to Windows 7. Should users stick with Windows XP, move to Vista or go directly to Windows 7? Gavriella Schuster, Microsoft's senior director of product management for Windows Client, provides guidance.
Microsoft has issued detailed guidance for enterprises considering migration
to Windows Vista and Windows 7.
In a new
blog post on the company's "Windows for Your Business" blog,
Gavriella Schuster, Microsoft's senior director of product management for
Windows Client, issued guidance stating Microsoft's views on what enterprises
should do in terms of moving to Vista and Windows 7 depending on what platform
they currently run and their overall migration goals. Essentially, the company
is seeking to dispel confusion customers might have about when to migrate to
"As a first step, we recommend our customers assess their environment
to be in a better position to decide what OS they need to deploy,"
Schuster said. She said customers
should take an inventory
of how many applications they manage in their
current enterprise environment. Then they should talk to their application
vendors to find out how long the vendors intend to provide support for their
application running in Windows XP and when they plan to support their
application running in Windows 7.
"This will help you assess the maximum length of time that you have to
move from Windows XP to Windows 7," Schuster said. "Then you should
assess the level of application compatibility that your applications have with
Windows 7 (we recommend you test your applications against Windows Vista as
there will be a high degree of compatibility between Windows 7 and Windows
Vista)-this will help you assess how many of your applications will need to be
upgraded, remediated or replaced in order to work in your new operating
For users who test their applications against the Windows 7 beta, Schuster
said she recommends that, for the mainstream operating system deployment, they
later test applications against the RTM (release to manufacturing) release.
In addition, Schuster said customers should assess the hardware
compatibility in their environment and what it will be in the 12 to 18 months
that it might take to complete the deployment of the new OS.
Whatever the customer plans to do, she said, "the first thing to do is
to deploy MDOP
[Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack],
whether you are moving to Windows 7
Added Schuster, "We recommend you use what you are running today to
make the right decision for your business."
For instance, she said: "If you are running Windows 2000 in your
environment: Migrate your Windows 2000 PCs to Windows Vista as soon as
possible. Extended support for Windows 2000 ends Q2 2010, and as an enterprise
customer, you may soon find your business's critical applications are
However, "If you are in the process of planning or deploying Windows
Vista: Continue your Windows Vista SP1 deployment. If you're really in the
early stages or just starting on Windows Vista, plan to test and deploy Windows
Vista SP2 (on target to RTM Q2 2009). Moving onto Windows Vista now will allow
for an easier transition to Windows 7 in the future due to the high degree of